The "Fortune 500" is a list of the 500 largest companies in the United States as compiled by Fortune magazine. Only 15 black executives have ever made it to the Chairman or CEO position of a "Fortune 500" listed company. Of these 15 executives, there are currently 5 active. In 1987, Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. became Chairman and CEO of TIAA-CREF — distinguishing him as the first black CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Franklin Raines became the second black person to lead a "Fortune 500" company, when he became CEO of Fannie Mae in 1999. On July 1, 2009, Ursula Burns became the first black woman to head a Fortune 500 company.
There are currently no black majority owned company in the Fortune 500 rankings.
Updated January, 29, 2015.
|Chairman/CEO||Company||Rank||Revenue ($ bil.)||'Profits ($ mil.)''''|
|John W. Thompson||Microsoft Corporation||35||73.7||'16,978''''|
|Kenneth C. Frazier||Merck & Co., Inc||58||47.3||'6,168''''|
|Kenneth I. Chenault||American Express||90||33.8||'4,482''''|
|Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.||TIAA-CREF||97||32.2||'2,060''''|
|Ursula M. Burns||Xerox Corporation||131||22.4||'1,195'|
Born: April 24, 1949, in Fort Dix, New Jersey
Position: Chairman, Board of Directors,
Company: Merck & Co., Inc.
Position: President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Born: June 2, 1951, New York, New York.
Company: American Express
Position: Chairman and...
Born: October 28, 1951, Washington, D.C.
Position: President and...
Born: New York, New York, September 20, 1958
Company: Xerox Corporation
Position: Chairman and...
Born: May 28, 1954, Houston, TX.
Company: Potbelly Sandwich Works
Position: Chief Executive...
Born: April 11, 1956, Vicksburg, MS.
Company: Darden Restaurants, Inc.
Position: Former Chief...
Born: 1963, Chicago, IL.
Country: United States
Born: January 14, 1949, Seattle, Washington
Company: Revolution LLC
Company: CleanTech Solutions Worldwide, LLC,
Position: Chairman and CEO,
Born: April 4, 1948, Brooklyn, NY.,
Company: Los Angeles Clippers,
Position: interim CEO,...
Born: c. 1954
Company: Delphi Corporation
Position: Chief Executive Officer and President...
Born: c. 1950
Company: RW2 Enterprises
Position: Chairman and CEO
Born: Oct. 7, 1951, Roanoke, Ala.
Company: Alcoa Inc.
Born: 1959, Little Rock, Arkansas,
Company: Infor Global Solutions,
Born: c. 1959
Position: President of U.S. Operations,
Company: United Parcel Service of North...
Born: c. 1962,
Company: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.,
Position: President and CEO, Sam's Club,...
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